Integrating English speaking tests in an EFL classroom: What teacher can learn from

Integrating English speaking tests in an EFL classroom: What teacher can learn from

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Integrating English speaking tests in an EFL classroom: What teacher can learn from

Thai universities have reformed their English language curriculum from grammar-based to communicative-oriented to equip students with communicative competency and skills before entering a job market. As a result, English language teachers not only seek effective and creative teaching and learning activities for their classes, but also utilize appropriate methods that can truly assess their students’, communicative language ability. This classroom-based study highlights use of oral language assessment to measure students’, speaking performance. The study examined how speaking tests were integrated to an English for a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom at a Thai university. The tests focused on two types of speaking tasks calledmonologic and dialogic speaking tasks. Based on the questionnaire data, the teacher extracted the students’, opinions about the integration of the monologic and dialogic speaking tasks in the mid-term and final speaking tests and their self-perception of speaking ability before and after taking the tests. These data revealed appropriateness of difficulty of test tasks, test length, and score weight. In addition, the speaking tests create students’, positive attitude ,toward English speaking and students’, speaking ability.

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